Challenges Faced with Learning Multiple Instruments

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In the band, learning one instrument can be hard for some, but for others they want an extra challenge. That challenge could very well be learning a new instrument and playing in both bands: concert and symphony.

Learning new instruments can be a challenge because not all instruments are in the same clef. Lower instruments like trombone, baritone, tuba, bass clarinet, barisax, etc. are in the bass clef, whereas the higher instruments like trumpet, clarinet, flute, saxophone, french horn, etc. are in treble clef.

Coming from treble to bass or vise-versa can be very hard because there are different notes and different pitches. “So far I have only learned three instruments: french horn, piano, and tuba, and I plan on learning more,” said junior Joe Embil. “As of now I have been playing piano for eight years, french horn for six years, and tuba for six months. I am always learning new things on all instruments, so I haven’t mastered any of them yet, but I do feel most confident on french horn and piano because I have played them the longest,” said Embil.

Even the biggest names in the business of the performing arts still run into troubles and challenges if they aren’t playing the instrument they had started with. “The biggest challenge was remembering that different notes had different fingerings for each instrument. Sometimes I would get them mixed up and try to play the tuba fingering for a C on the French horn, which wouldn’t really work,” said senior Jonathan Scare. In music there is no limit to the knowledge that a person can have and there will always be challenges along the road to more knowledge in the art of music.

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